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in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered his grandmother in 1980. he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer. >> reporter: he served 17 years in prison, and after being released moved in with his sisters. investigators found the body in the charred rubble of his home and believe it could be his sister's. the firehouse has opened up its private medical for the men killed. people are leaving behind mrourz flowers and notes of thanks to honor the firefighters who lost their lives. 19-year-old thomas was filling in for a married firefighter so they could spend chris
. >>> it was one week ago this morning that gunman adam lanza shot his way into a connecticut elementary school and opened fire. connecticut's governor has declared today an official day of mourning. a moment of silence will be observed at the white house. but the national rifle association is speaking out. it's holding its first news conference since the massacre this morning. marlie hall is in newtown with more. marlie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. well, today marks the fifth day of mourning services in newtown and a full week since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school, and today the country will stop to remember. at 9:30 this morning, people here in newtown will stop what they're doing and observe a moment of silence to mark the one-week point since a shooter killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school. but then the church bells will ring again, signifying another funeral for another child. pablo carmona attended the funeral of his friend and fellow boy scout benjamin wheeler. >> i don't really know why he had to die. but it's very sad. >> reporter: ca
interviewed nra's president david keene. >>> it is one week since the newtown, connecticut, school shooting which changed the gun control debate. short time ago americans paused to honor the 20 children and 6 women who were killed in that massacre. bell toll [ bell tolling ] church bells rang 26 times as newtown officials and residents stood with connecticut governor dan malloy. churches also rang their bells in washington and other cities. on thursday services were held for six of the people killed inside sandy hook elementary school. there was also a funeral in new hampshire for nancy lanza, the mother and first victim of gunman adam lanza. seth doane is in newtown where more funerals for the victims will be held this morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie and good morning to our viewers in the west. across the country, governors and mayors have called for a special day of mourning and a moment of silence to mark one week since this tragedy. >> it sucks. there's no reason for us to be here tonight. >> reporter: expressions of disbelief and grief echo
? >> jeff, thank you very much. >>> ten days after the connecticut school shooting, the debate over gun control continues after the national rifle association took questions for the first time since newtown. america's largest gun rights group says we don't need new laws. chip reid is in washington with that story. chip, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the national rifle association was silent in the days following the tragedy in newtown. now it's speaking out and reigniteing an explosive debate over gun control. the nra says it will not budge from its longtime opposition to gun control, insisting the only thing that will stop school shootings is armed guards. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: nra president david kean added that banning particular guns simply doesn't work. >> we had a so-called assault weapon
's a subdued christmas day in newtown, connecticut. it's been less than two weeks since a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults at sandy hook elementary school. yesterday a bus carrying hundreds of homemade cards collected from around the state arrived in town. organizers said they want the victims' families to know they are not alone. >>> christmas celebrations are underway around the world this morning. here in new york, thousands packed st. patrick's cathedral for a midnight mass. >>> overseas, a similar scene in bethlehem where the faithful gathered in the town where tradition says jesus was born. manger square was packed with lights and decorations. at the vatican, pope benedict delivers his annual christmas day message. earlier he presided over a mass at st. peter's basilica, prayed for peace in the middle east, and talked about the need for god in a technology-driven world. we have this report. ♪ >> reporter: thousands of faithful packed st. peter's basilica as pope benedict celebrated christmas eve mass. a children's choir sang the traditional hymns, and bells to
, connecticut, turns out sikorsky helicopters for the military but it's also producing scholars. workers taking advantage of an unusual job benefit. >> we pay all tuition. we pay books. >> reporter: that's right. united technologyies will help any employee get a college degree for free. >> as you tour the floor, the kinds of jobs we have training becomes very critical and skill is very relevant. >> reporter: to turbo charge that skill set, the ceo, louis chenevert says they have earned 30,000 degrees over 15 years. >> we have invested a billion dollars in our employees. we just celebrated this big milestone. >> reporter: how much did united technologies pay for your education? >> i don't know. >> you don't even know? >> i don't know. i don't know. >> because you never saw a bill for it? >> exactly. >> reporter: business development manager yelitza forte is part of the first generation of her family to go to college. she got her mba without paying a dime. >> my parents could not believe it. you have to find friends. >> reporter: at the nearby plant also owned b
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